Wednesday, October 23, 2013

"It Girl" of the week: Stephania Bella

The Just Sports & Just Us "It Girl" of the week is Stephania Bella.

Clemson's Tajh Boyd denies gambling rumors

The Clemson Tigers had a miserable weekend. The Tigers suffered a 51-14 loss to the Florida State Seminoles and to top it off there were rumors that quarterback Tajh Boyd owed more than $80,000 in gambling debts.

Serious allegations to derail a season. Of course the story came out before the biggest game of the season.

 Just before kickoff against FSU Saturday night, published a story alleging Tajh Boyd owed more than $80,000 worth of gambling debt to bookies.

The site says Boyd bet on NFL games and a college football game. It's a story both Swinney and Boyd deny.

"He said just, 'No way, coach,'" said Swinney. "It's just disappointing. We live in a world where things like that happen, you know, and again, I have no reason to think he would lie to me."

"It was kind of shocking to me as well, but I guess stuff like that happens sometimes said Boyd of the report. 

“I don't really know where that came from,” Boyd said, according to The State. “When I heard it, it was pretty shocking. That being built on top of the loss made it a rough little weekend.”

There better be some truth to the rumor because Boyd's mother told that the family was considering legal action against the source of the story.

“These reports are totally false,” Carla Boyd said. “Please leave my son alone.” 

Both Dabo Swinney and Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich (whose compliance office looked into the matter over the weekend as part of its due diligence) said there was nothing to the reports.

As a fan I hope there is no truth to the story.

Charlie Manuel expresses interest in managing Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers manager job is an attractive one right now.  The team is coming off it's third straight appearance in the American League Championship Series and have made two World Series appearances (2006, 2012).

There have been a lot of names thrown out there and there should be no shortage of managers currently on the sideline that would like to take the Tigers job.

Former Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has 'expressed his interest' in taking over the Tigers gig that Jim Leyland recently stepped down from. Leyland said he didn't have much left in the tank but Manuel, who is 70, says he still has the fire during an interview with Detroit Sports 105.1.

 "My agent will definitely call some teams and feel them out," Manuel said. "He talks to me before he does it. He chats with me regular."

"Condition-wise, I feel tremendous," Manuel said. "I've still got the fire. I've got a full tank. I'm still very much in the game."

Manuel managed the Indians from 2000-2002 and won the AL Central in 2001. He managed the Phillies from 2004-2013, winning a World Series title in 2008, reaching the World Series again in 2009 losing to the New York Yankees.

Manuel won 780 games in Philadelphia, including five consecutive National League East titles from 2007-2011.